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19 December 2007

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Not even Santa is safe in Rio de Janeiro. A helicopter carrying a Santa Claus to distribute gifts at a Christmas party came under fire when it flew over a Rio shantytown, authorities said Wednesday. The chopper was hit by two rifle shots Sunday, but no one was injured and the aircraft returned safely to its base, police inspector Aldari Vianna said by telephone. Gang members apparently attacked the helicopter thinking it belonged to the... (

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